Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

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Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

The main theme is only upon escaping the past will a person be more content with his or her life. This was demonstrated such that Maxim tries to recover from the death of Rebecca, and his murder of her. He and The Heroine are only able to move forward once they confront the past Maxim had with Rebecca.Another theme is the constant battle of good vs. evil. Initially, The Heroine and Maxim are presented as good people, and Rebecca is perceived as the antagonist, but as the novel progresses, the roles are reversed, especially when the reader becomes aware of how Rebecca truly died.

Characters

RebeccaBy Daphne DuMaurier

The significance of the title is that it is Rebecca herslf, who was Maxim's wife before she died, and how Maxim and The Heroine dealing with the ghost of Rebecca constantly hanging over them.

The Heroine is the narrator, and is initally seen as insecure when she first hears of Rebecca and her legacy, which leads her to question her marriage to Maxim.Maxim de Winter was Rebecca's husband prior to her death. He later married The Heroine, and is very wealthy and intelligent.Rebecca was the wife of Maxim, but is murdered by him. She returns as a ghost, only to haunt the mansion of Manderley, as well as The Heroine and Maxim's marriage.

Symbolism

The primary symbols in the novel are flowers. The two flowers are red rhondodendrons, which signify the blood of Rebecca's murder. The others are white azaleas, which refer to Rebecca's scent, and the abundance of them in Manderley show that her presence still lingers.

"Time Long Past"

Themes

Significance of Title

Like the ghost of a dear friend dead Is Time long past.A tone which is now forever fled,A hope which is now forever past,A love so sweet it could not last, Was Time long past. There were sweet dreams in the night Of Time long past:And, was it sadness or delight,Each day a shadow onward castWhich made us wish it yet might last— That Time long past. There is regret, almost remorse, For Time long past.'Tis like a child's belovèd corseA father watches, till at lastBeauty is like remembrance, cast From Time long past.By Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Evaluation

Rebecca was an excellent novel, and it was an enjoyable read. The genre of Gothic Romanticism has become one of my new favorites genres of book. DuMaurier writes Rebecca with incredulous tone and syntax, allowing the reader to be captivated with each page turn.

Victoria Holmesp. 4

Citations

"Daphne du Maurier." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 1 Apr. 2014. Web. 9 Jan. 2014. Copy & Paste | Parenthetical"The Bookish Type." The Bookish Type. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Jan. 2014. .


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